When and where were you born?
13th March 1973 in Glasgow.
When did you start to play / sing?
First makeshift drum-kit aged 9, picked up my Mother’s guitar at 14. Only began to sing within the last few years
What got you started in music?
I was surrounded by music as far back as I can remember. My parents were either listening to or playing music, so it was inevitable that I made it such a part of my life. It was AC/DC’s Back in Black that got me interested in drumming and how songs are structured and timed.
Who are your influences?
Bands – Led Zeppelin, Soundgarden, Black Sabbath, The Cult
Drummers – John Bonham, Larry Mullen, Bill Ward, Ian Paice, Phil Rudd, Matt Cameron
Guitarists – Jimmy Page, Brian May, Tony Iommi
What are your favourite colour, film and food?
Colour – Navy
Film – Godfather II
Food – Pasta
Tell us two truths and one lie about yourself.
I am teetotal
I love playing drums
Without music I would be miserable
Which one is a total fib?? Hmmmm…..
Coke or Pepsi?
If you could take only three albums and one luxury to a desert island, what would they be and why?
Physical Graffiti – Led Zeppelin – one of the greatest bands ever, at their creative peak
Superunknown – Soundgarden – I have been listening to this for 20 years and never tire of it – brilliant use of alternative timings and tunings
Back to Black – Amy Winehouse – Brilliantly written songs, superb arrangements – I love listening to it.
The luxury would be allowing me to bring my drumkit along so that I could jam along to these albums!!
Tell us about your gear. Which one item of gear could you not live without?
I currently play on a Pearl Export drumkit and have added a few extras – 2 crash cymbals, a Mapex Steel Snare, Tama Speed Cobra foot pedal and tambourine for the hi-hat (thanks to the late, great John Bonham for the idea!!) as well as 2 x 20” Sabian ride cymbals and a cowbell.
Aside from the sticks, I love the snare drum for the sound and natural ‘bounce’ that it has – hi-hat with the tambourine on it come a very close second though!